December 23, 2013

Ring in the New Year at SeaWorld

Ring in 2014 SeaWorld style by celebrating our connection to the sea, sea life and the world we share! A spectacular musical celebration with DJs and live bands, plus a bold fireworks display, send a wave of welcome to the New Year ahead.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration™ is splashing waves of holiday spirit over the park (now nightly) the rest of December, and New Year’s Eve is included! Here in a wintery, watery wonderland, guests of all ages will enjoy loads of frosty fun as they watch stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, journey to the North Pole to meet Santa himself, then share a smile with a playful penguin at the South Pole while visiting the park’s newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®!
Enjoy added fun on New Year’s Eve as SeaWorld stays open until 1 am and features additional entertainment. From a DJ spinning Latin-style tunes at The Waterfront, to top 40 hits playing at Wild Arctic, and local pop/rock artists Project DJ Slam performing at The Christmas Market, there’s plenty of music in the airAnd the night wouldn’t be complete without fireworks lighting up the night sky! Kick off the New Year with a bang while watching an extended fireworks extravaganza during Holiday Reflections: Fireworks & Fountains Finale immediately following the last Winter Wonderland on Ice show.
Additional show times have been added for extended New Year’s Eve park hours; times listed below for all shows:
  • Clyde & Seamore Countdown to Christmas at 6:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
  • O Wondrous Night at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Shamu Rocks at 9 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.
  • Shamu® Christmas Miracles at 7:30 p.m.
  • Winter Wonderland on Ice at 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m. and 11:25 p.m. (Extended Holiday Reflections: Fireworks & Fountains Finale immediately following 11:25 p.m. show.)

December 21, 2013

Treat Yourself With a Hello Fresh Meal Subscription Service

Hello Fresh is a fresh food subscription service that provides you with everything you need to create fabulous meals for your family that can be made in 30 min or less.  Each box contains recipe cards and everything you need for your meal including meat/fish, side dishes and even herbs and spices.  You can choose between their “classic” box or their vegetarian box and also choose whether you want meals for 2 or 4 people.
I really like that you get to try so many different types of meals without having to buy entire packs of ingredients.  For example, they will send you just enough cheese for your recipe so you aren’t having to buy a full pack of cheese to make the meal.

I love how each meal is bagged together and labeled so you know exactly which products go with each meal.  In the box that I received, were ingredients for Chicken Quinoa Stew, Chile Dusted Shrimp and Roasted Pork Tenderloin.

Its hard to pick which was my favorite because they were all so good.  Plus the meals are super easy to make which is a big plus for me because normally I am not a very good cook.

Here are pictures of all the meals...

Chile Dusted Shrimp w/ Corn Relish
Roasted Pork Tenderloin w/ Lemony Skillet Potatoes and Zucchini 

Chicken Quinoa Stew
Don't these look incredible?

To sign up for your Hello Fresh subscription, GO HERE.

If you absolutely LOVE your box (and they hope you do) and want to continue to receive one each week, you are good!  If you have a week that you do not like the recipe choices or will be out of town, just use the pause feature.

To cancel your subscription you will need to email no later than 11:59PM EST on the Wednesday the week before your delivery.

Disclosure: The products featured in this post were provided by Hello Fresh through MosaicReviews. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

December 4, 2013

Will You Help the Mines Advisory Group

Since 1989, Mines Advisory Group (MAG) has worked in over 35 countries to remove remnants of war, such as landmines and unexploded bombs, saving the lives of thousands each year in places like Vietnam and Iraq. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, MAG’s leading priority is to protect the lives and well-being of the most vulnerable individuals in contaminated areas by providing risk education and removing deadly weapons around the world.

Sadly, children are often the most vulnerable since they are curious and find these unexploded bombs on ground surfaces when they play – sometimes in an area of their own backyards covered by shrubs.  Children make up 30 to 40% of victims.

WHY MAG’S WORK IS CRITICAL TO SAVE LIVES: When MAG clears items, people can then use that land to farm or build roads for commerce or build schools.  Many of the areas MAG clears such as Vietnam and Laos have items left over from U.S. bombings that ended over 40 years ago.  A whole generation has had to live in fear because of these American remnants of war.
MAG hires many women and people with disabilities to do this work so that MAG can support people who typically have few job prospects in these poor countries.  These women and people with disabilities are heroes in their community.

From July 2012 to May 2013, MAG cleared and destroyed more than 300,000 landmines and items of unexploded ordnance.  And because of this, more than 700,000 people were able to farm, build homes and schools and travel without fear of injury.  For more information, please visit

I would like you to consider donating $26 which will fund a deminer for a day of work clearing landmines and unexploded bombs in Laos, Vietnam, Iraq, Cambodia, or many other countries where we work.  Through the end of the year, each donation will be matched by a group of MAG’s most supportive donors so that the value of each donation can go even further.   Donations can be made at